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Cartagena to Bogota: Colonial Cities & Trekking
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Colombia

Cartagena to Bogota: Colonial Cities & Trekking

Witness the transformation and resurgence of Colombia first-hand on a 21-day tour through bustling cities, ancient lands, and natural landscapes. Embark on a multi-day trek to the Lost City of Teyuna, passing farmland, steamy jungle, and rural communities along the way, take free time to explore the cities of Medellín, Cali, and Bogotá, and relax in nature with mud baths and thermal waters.
This trail-blazing journey allows you to explore its natural highlights, including the golden beaches and dense tropical vegetation of the Tayrona National Park, the fertile rolling hills of the coffee country and the culturally rich, historic city of Cartagena.

Off the beaten track, you’ll explore the picture-perfect colonial town of Mompós, on the banks of the River Magdalena and the intriguing ancient sculptures and burial chambers set in the lush countryside around San Agustín.

Colombia's distinct and heady mixture of Hispanic, colonial, indigenous and African heritage influences its food, music, architecture and culture. Its vibrancy, welcoming people and extraordinary natural and architectural features make it an engaging country, and this an unusual and captivating journey. The country has entered a period of peace and security and this is reflected in a growing interest in visiting one of the friendliest and most unspoilt countries on the continent.
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  • Duration
    21 Days
  • Starting From
    $2,649
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    G Adventures
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Verdant wonderland in Columbia
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Verdant wonderland in Columbia
Soaring Andean summits, unspoiled Caribbean coast, enigmatic Amazon jungle, cryptic archaeological ruins and cobbled colonial communities. Colombia boasts all of South America's allure, and more.
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Have a glance at a trip to Colombia which boasts of wonderful cities of Medellin, Salento, Cartagena, Tayrona Park, Cano Cristales and Bogota.

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Cartagena

Arrive at any time. Tonight, check out the local flavor of bustling Plaza Trinidad and head to a local bar to get to know your fellow travellers. Get to know the group over a few drinks and get excited for the adventure of a lifetime.

  Hotel:  None

Cartagena

The day is yours to explore this coastal colonial city. Wander through the streets of historic old town, check out the San Felipe fortress, or get dirty with a mud bath and massage at Totuma Volcano.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Cartagena/Santa Marta

Travel like a local by hopping on a public bus to the port town of Santa Marta. Take advantage of your free time with a visit to the Gold Museum, go shopping for any last minute necessities (You probably forgot something, right?) or chill out on the beach.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Santa Marta/Ricardito Camp

Wake up and hit the road to Machete Pelao where your trek to the Lost City of Teyuna begins. Trek through farmland, steamy jungle, and rural Kogi communities. Enjoy and let it all soak in – this is your opportunity to get a glimpse into the local way of life in the remote river valleys of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Ricardito Camp/ Wiwa Camp 

Venture further into the lush jungle en route to Ciudad Perdida. Be prepared – today is a tough portion of the trek with a lot of steep views. Arrive at the campsite in the afternoon for some much needed relaxation by the river.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Wiwa Camp /Paso Lorenzo Camp

Wake up early feeling refreshed, recharged (hopefully!) and start your trek to Paso Lorenzo Camp. Settle in at the campsite around noon and eat some lunch. If the weather is nice, take a dip in the Buritaca River. Learn about Wiwa customs in the afternoon and then kick back and relax in a hammock.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Paso Lorenzo Camp/ Wiwa Camp 

Continue exploring the deep jungle today on winding path through banana trees, cacao plants as you make your way to Wiwa Camp.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Ricardito Camp/Taganga

Take in your last views of the jungle this morning as you trek back to Machete Pelao. Transfer to Tangaga where the rest for the day is yours to relax. (You've earned a few drinks after that trek!)

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch,

  Hotel:  None

Taganga/Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

Head into Tayrona National Park for a moderate hike with a local guide. Experience the incredible nature that surrounds you while learning more about the rich, natural diversity of northern Colombia.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch,

  Hotel:  None

Taganga/Medellín

Wheels up! Fly inland today to Medellín. A once infamous city, vibrant Medellín has transformed into one of Latin America's safest destinations. Get to know your surroundings with an orientation walk and an optional night out with the group.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Medellín

Explore Medellín today with a visit to the Comuna 13 neighbourhood, complete with a walking tour and delicious lunch provided by community organization Berracas de la 13. After, tour a local park filled with statues from Colombia's favourite sculptor, Fernando Botero.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch,

  Hotel:  None

Medellín

Make the most of a free day in Medellin and start exploring. Opt to visit the nearby town of Guatapé, with its colourful houses and famous rock. Ride the metrocable—a cable car part of Medellín’s public transportation—for sweeping views of the city and surrounding mountains.

  Hotel:  None

Medellín/Manizales

Say "Adios!" to Medellín and hop on a bus to Manizales. Known as "The City of Open Doors" for its welcoming residents, you will fall in love with this mountainside city. And if you're a coffee lover — you won't want to leave. Spend the day exploring and learning about coffee cultivation, or visit a nature reserve.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Manizales/Salento

Soak in the therapeutic waters of the Tierra Viva thermal baths for a relaxing start to your morning. Later, take the scenic route to Salento, admiring the beautiful landscapes along the way.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Salento

Venture out on a morning hike through the towering palms of the Cocora Valley. This afternoon, choose from a variety of optional activities in the coffee region of Quindío.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Salento/Armenia

Climb aboard a local bus to Armenia for a coffee farm tour. Learn about coffee production before enjoying lunch on the farm. Don't worry, there will be an opportunity to shop so you can bring one of Colombia's most important exports home with you. The perfect souvenir!)

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Armenia/Cali

Travel to the bustling city of Cali by bus. Admire the 26m high Cristo Rey monument on a guided tour. Later, learn (or attempt) to dance like a local with a salsa class.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Cali

Choose your own Cali adventure today. For aerial views of the city, you can ride the MIO cable car, or get active and hike to Cerro de las tres Cruces. Or stroll along the Cali River and visit the wonderfully weird Cat Park along the banks. Meander through the colourful neighbourhood of San Antonio and sample some tasty local delicacies.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Cali/Bogotá

Fly to Bogotá this morning. Take an orientation walk of the Candelaria neighbourhood led by your CEO, and visit the Gold Museum to admire thousands of gold artifacts. The afternoon is yours to wander through the streets of Candelaria at your own pace.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Bogotá

Explore the capital of Colombia with a free day. You can ride the funicular up for stunning views of the city, check out the street art, or explore the underground tunnels and caves of Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Bogotá

Depart at any time.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Inclusions

 Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Hands-On Moment: Coffee Farm Tour, Armenia Your Discover Moment: Salsa Class, Cali

  Trek to the Lost City with an indigenous guide (5 days), Tayrona National Park excursion, Medellín orientation walk, Berracas de la 13 Visit with Lunch, Plaza Botero visit, Tierra Viva Thermal Baths, Cocora valley hike, Cristo Rey visit, Salsa class, La Candelaria orientation walk, Gold museum visit, Internal flights, All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

 Meals and Accommodation

Not Included

 Additional 5% GST

 International Flights and VISA fees

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